A friend was over for dinner last night who is an IT manager and former client of mine. I have done several hugely succesful major Access/SQL Server applications for this guy when he was with another corporation.
We went into my office and I showed him an implementation of an Access application I have recently done that is delivered to the users worldwide using a VPN and then into a Terminal Services session. I took him into my test site and he saw how fast it ran and how functional the whole app was – and the entire application, data and frontend reside on a SharePoint site.
I explained how the deployment was a easy as emailing a single URL to the users and how maintenance was managed from a single point on a SharePoint site (eventually there will be a White Paper on this coming out from MS or I will be posting it here myself).
Then he said the usual thing:
“Why didn’t they do that in a Web App instead of Access?” … Thanx
And this from a guy who KNOWS what Access can do. (I once had the same response from an Access PM at Microsoft, which was even more disturbing).
I responded that from my information it would take many times longer and cost 5 times as much to develop for the Web natively. I then postulated that even then the maintenance and changes that inevitably get requested would take longer and be more difficult. I explained that there seems no end to the quirky things users ask from such an application and from my experience Access has been verY capable of this kind of customization. I would rather bend my technology to the wants and needs of the client than the other way around.
So even though this guy, who KNOWS the power of Access as much as anyone I know, even when I showed him how by using the newest technogies available for the Internet/Intranet I could solve all the deployment issues that have always plagued a client-side solution, has still been brain-washed against Access and in favour of ANYTHING Browser-based.
Makes me think that maybe I’m beating my head against a wall some times. The truth doesn’t seem to matter anymore and I think Microsoft really has no desire to do what it takes to counter that argument in favour of Access.
Kinda discouraging … Thoughts?